Loughran swings in a 3-pounder

Ed Loughran has an opportunity to post the best performance of his rookie season on the Elite Series. Loughran jumped from 38th place on Day 1 to 12th yesterday with a 20-pound, 15-ounce bag. His top finish so far this season was 30th at Lake Lanier.

Like most anglers, he is struggling this morning, but the 3-pounder shown here will help. The 49-year-old Richmond, Va., resident has one of the most interesting resumes on the Elite Series, having worked as a guide while in high school, earning a Master Captain's license at age 21 and spending time as a Merrill Lynch stockbroker.